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Chicken Parmesan Sticks

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Tomato Sauce:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion, grated 

2 cloves garlic, minced 

2 sprigs fresh oregano 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes 

1 tablespoon tomato paste 

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 

Chicken Parmesan:

Olive oil cooking spray, for spraying the baking sheet

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour 

1 teaspoon onion powder 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 large eggs 

1 cup panko breadcrumbs 

1 cup shredded mozzarella

1/2 cup grated Parmesan 

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Four 6-ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced across the grain into 1-inch strips

Directions

Special equipment:
wooden skewers
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. For the tomato sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil and grated onion and saute until the onion is soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and saute for 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste and stir well. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. To finish the tomato sauce, remove it from the heat and stir in the extra-virgin olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  4. For the chicken parmesan: Meanwhile, generously spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
  5. In a shallow bowl, mix together the flour, onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In another shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In a third shallow bowl, add the panko and crush it a bit with your hands to make it easier for the coating to stick. Measure out 1/4 cup of the shredded mozzarella, chop it finely and add it to the panko with the Parmesan and parsley and toss to combine.
  6. Make an assembly line: coat the chicken strips first in the flour mixture, then shake. Dip next in the egg mixture, then shake. Finish in the panko-cheese mixture. Set the chicken strips on the prepared baking sheet an inch apart from each other.
  7. Bake for 3 minutes, then remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip over the chicken strips. Top with the remaining 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella, then finish baking until cooked through, another 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Carefully insert a wooden skewer into each chicken strip and serve with the tomato sauce on the side.